Attorneys who help Uber accident victims
Uber accidents and those involving Lyft or other rideshare/taxi services are increasing and it can be difficult to figure out who is responsible for paying for injuries. You have to determine which driver is at fault, and then who actually pays … the other driver, your driver with his insurance, or the insurance of the company that employs him.
If you’re a passenger in a rideshare vehicle or taxi, the driver of the at-fault vehicle will be responsible to pay for injuries. Determining who is at fault in a rideshare or taxi is like all other car accidents, since it requires an investigation to determine who acted negligently.
If your Uber or rideshare driver is the one who acted negligently, who is responsible for paying? If you’ve been in a taxi or Uber accident in Kennesaw or anywhere in Georgia, read on for important information about your claim.
What is ride-sharing?
Unlike standing on a street corner trying to get a cabbie’s attention as he speeds by, when you use Uber, Lyft or Sidecar you simply download their app to your smartphone. With a finger swipe a driver is on the way to take you to your destination. Plus you can both track your driver through your phone’s GPS and also pay for your ride using the app. But unfortunately this modern technology isn’t problem-free.
Many cities across America are struggling with legal issues brought about by these ride-sharing services. Taxi companies are demanding Uber and their counterparts be held to the same regulations in terms of licensing and background checks. Airports are dealing with Uber vehicles circumventing pick-up regulations. There are currently lawsuits in California and Texas against Uber and Lyft charging discrimination against disabled passengers, and a major concern is whether or not these companies and their drivers have adequate insurance.
Uber, Lyft, Taxi & Rideshare Insurance
Independent contractors who work for Uber, Lyft taxi outfits and other rideshare companies are sometimes considered employees by the court. In most cases these companies are obligated to provide their drivers with insurance. Uber drivers are covered by Uber when they have a car accident. Taxi drivers have been covered by their employers’ insurance for years. In all these cases though, the employee or driver has to be actively working for the employer (or on the clock) to be covered. Otherwise their private insurance may be responsible for damages. These drivers like all are required by law to have insurance.
Whether you are a driver or passenger of a rideshare that’s been involved in a vehicular accident, it is in your best interest to contact an accident and injury attorney. You will want a licensed professional to negotiate on your behalf to maximize any payment made by insurance. First and foremost to assist with determining the true and total damages incurred by the accident.
To have your questions answered in a FREE consultation or to file a claim after you’ve incurred an accident, contact an experienced Kennesaw attorney at the Law Offices of Roger Ghai.